Pre-school Story Time
Thursdays 1:00 pm ***
Bring your children of all ages to read, sing, talk, and play. Both story times are the same so pick the time and day that works best for your family. ***Every other Thursday, dogs from Ugly Dog Therapy will be joining our afternoon story times. Please check our website or Facebook for Ugly Dog Story Time dates.
Pajama Story Time
second Tuesdays 6:30 pm
Join us for bedtime stories, songs, and a snack. Wear your PJ’s and bring your blanket and favorite stuffed animal if you wish. Each child will receive a free book, compliments of the Ellsworth Public Library and Jump Start to Literacy, Inc.
Robotics for Kids
fourth Saturdays 10:30 am
ages 6 and up
Explore robotics with computer engineer Mike Benoy. Hands-on activities with cubelets, littlebits, & More!
Family Game Night
first Tuesdays 6:00 pm
Fun for the whole family! Games inspire critical thinking, problem solving, and social interaction. Join us to play some favorites or learn a new game. All ages welcome. Snacks provided.
drop in anytime between 4-7pm
kids under 10 – must be accompanied
by an adult
Hands on fun projects for all ages! Get creative and let your imagination run wild!
Legos in the Library
third Tuesdays 5:00 pm
Kids of all ages are invited to let their imaginations run wild with Legos. No registration required.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
This is a multi-year program to encourage parents to read aloud 1,000 books with their children before they enter five-year-old Kindergarten. We invite you and your child to embark on a fantastic adventure together that’s sure to create a lifelong love of reading! Although it may sound overwhelming to imagine reading 1,000 books before Kindergarten, it is not very difficult with an early start. At the rate of just one book per day, it takes less than three years. Sign up at the library to receive a book bag and your first reading record!
Each year, the library challenges preschool-2nd grade students to read/be read to 100 stories and 3rd-5th grade students to read 500 pages, which is equivalent to 100 stories. Books need to be from the Ellsworth Public Library. Readers who complete the challenge will receive an “I Read 100 Stories” t-shirt. Registration is required.
Reading Lists for Kids
Read On Wisconsin is a literacy program, administered by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, promoting high-quality books for children and teens throughout our state.
Great Books for New Readers is a comprehensive, community-organized list from GoodReads.
Novelist K-8 enables kids to find read-alikes, award winners, books-to-movies and more! Check out Novelist K-8 for great kids’ book suggestions! Must sign in with your library card.
Best Books for Babies is a list of great read-alouds and picture books for little ones.
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) publishes lists of recommended books from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).
Top 100 Chapter Books for Emerging Readers is a favorite post from School Library Journal.
Family/Child Centered Resources
Growing Wisconsin Readers is a state-wide initiative that was created to help parents support early literacy habits (like talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing) at home!
Apps and Early Literacy helps parents navigate the world of new technology. Check out this amazing resource from Carissa Christner at the Madison Public Library. Use the site to find free and paid apps that are appropriate, fun, and safe for young children, and discover new ways to play and to share stories together! Remember: apps are always best used by both parents and children playing together!
Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices.
No Time for Flash Cards is an early education and creative play site. No Time for Flash Cards features educational crafts, learning activities, and super-creative ideas for things to do with your child.
jlibrary was created by two librarians who have recorded hundreds of videos so that you can sing and chant with your child at any time of day on nearly any topic imaginable. Want to learn new songs and rhymes? Take a look.
Britannica School Elementary can be accessed using a Wisconsin Public Library card.
50 States.com provides information on the states, including capitals, geography, people, attractions, history and more.
Accelerated Reader BookFinder identifies a book’s AR level and points.
Ellsworth Community Schools’ Card Catalogs can be accessed from here to search your school’s media center’s catalog.
Websites for Kids
The International Children’s Digital Library lists hundreds of books for all ages of kids, from picture books to novels written in several different languages, and can be viewed and read at this amazing website.
Notable Children’s Digital Media is a list that includes real-time, dynamic, and interactive media content for children 14 years of age and younger that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction while informing, educating, and entertaining in exemplary ways.
Storyline Online is an excellent online streaming video program featuring famous actors reading chlidren’s books aloud. This site includes closed captioning.
Into the Book is a highly interactive reading comprehension resource for Grades K-4 that focuses on eight research-based strategies: Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing.
PBS Kids encourages kids to get wild about reading! Have fun with Arthur, Between the Lions, The Electric Company, Super Why & much more!
Scholastic Place is the site to visit if one is looking for Geronimo Stilton, Goosebumps or the 39 Clues. They’re all here!
Spelling City provides spelling resources such as worksheets, games, and Dolch word lists.
ABCya! is a website that provides educational games and activities for school aged children.
Scratch is a free programing language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games and animations.
https://www.curiositymachine.org/challenges/ connects scientists and engineers to students to create together.
https://www.tinkercad.com/ is a free, easy-to-learn online app anyone can use to create and print 3D models.
https://gamestarmechanic.com/ allows kids to design video games. First game is free, but further designs incur a cost.
https://www.madewithcode.com/ teaches kids to create projects using computer code.
http://www.scratchjr.org/ is a computer coding site especially for young children.
http://pencilcode.net/ is an interactive sandbox for learning how to code on the web.
Digital Library for Kids
digital library for students in grades K-8 (choose kids or teens)!
Language Learning for Kids
Included in Transparent Language Online for libraries, Kidspeak is a fun, easy-to-use language-learning program for young learners.